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Transfer: He’ll fit into our system – Mikel Arteta reacts to Arsenal’s latest signing



Arsenal head coach, Mikel Arteta, has insisted that the club’s latest signing will fit into his team at Emirates.

Arsenal on Friday announced that Timber joined the North London club on a long-term contract from Ajax.

Giving his verdict on Timber, Arteta said the 22-year-old has experience, adding that he is a versatile defender.

Arteta told Arsenal’s official website: “We are really excited that Jurrien has joined us. He is a versatile young defender, who will fit into our system and provide our squad with so much added quality.

”Jurrien is a young player but has already achieved so much. He has experienced what it is like to go to a major international tournament on more than one occasion, as well as the trophies he has won with Ajax.”


2024 Olympic Qualifier: Why I benched Oshoala against Cameroon




Super Eagles head coach, Randy Waldrum has revealed the reason behind his decision to bench Asisat Oshoala in Monday’s 2024 Olympic Games qualifier against the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon.

The reigning African women’s Player of the Year was expected to start the game but Waldrum instead named Tenerife star, Esther Okoronkwo in the starting line-up.

Okoronkwo justified the gaffer’s faith by netting the winning goal in the 14th minute.

Oshoala later replaced the forward in the second half.

When queried on his decision after the game, Waldrum said he named the best line-up for the game.

“I think we put out what we thought was the best eleven for the day to start the match. But we are fully confident of every player, we had some players that didn’t get minutes but are fully capable of helping us,” the American stated.


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Carabao Cup final: Liverpool defeat Chelsea with Van Dijk’s header



Liverpool captain, Virgil van Dijk, scored in the 118th minute of the Carabao Cup final as they defeated Chelsea 1-0 on Sunday evening.

The game was bereft of quality and intensity as both sides missed a few chances.

The two teams also saw goals disallowed.

Raheem Sterling’s goal in the first half was chalked off for offside, while Van Dijk saw a header ruled out for an infringement.

However, Van Dijk was not to be denied deep into extra time, as his glancing header nestled in the net.

It is the first trophy of Jurgen Klopp’s final season with the Reds.

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Foden strike keeps Manchester City on Liverpool’s heels



Manchester City secured a hard-earned 1-0 victory at Bournemouth on Saturday as Phil Foden’s first-half goal moved them one point behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Foden converted from close range in the 24th minute and it proved enough for Pep Guardiola’s side who were well below their best against a feisty Bournemouth.

The hosts looked capable of an equaliser after the break when Marcus Tavernier had two decent opportunities in quick succession and Enes Unal headed just wide at the death.

City have 59 points from 26 games with Liverpool, who play Chelsea in the League Cup final on Sunday, on 60.

The mark of champions is to accumulate victories even with sub-standard performances and City have proved masters of that in claiming three successive Premier League titles.

Despite dominating possession, they were severely tested at the Vitality Stadium and their relief at the final whistle was palpable as they held on to turn up the heat on Liverpool.

Guardiola’s side lacked their usual fluency but still stretched their unbeaten league run to 11 games with a second successive 1-0 victory, after a midweek win over Brentford.

“The players surprise me every time, the character, always competitive when they are tired,” Guardiola said.

“Winning 0-5 is not a reality. Hopefully we can have a week off soon to rest the legs.”

Erling Haaland still looked short of his best form after returning from injury and missed an early opportunity when he fired wide with the sort opportunity he usually converts.

But Manchester City have plenty of other match-winners, not least Foden who once again displayed his increasingly influential role in the team as he poached his ninth league goal of the season.

Haaland showed great strength to roll his marker and get a shot off that home keeper Neto did well to keep out but the ball fell to Foden who coolly turned in the rebound.

Shortly before that, Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson was forced into a save from Milos Kerkez’s dipping effort.

Manchester City could not build on their lead after the break, however, and Bournemouth, roared on by a vociferous home crowd, pinned them back.

This was as Tavernier twice went close and leading scorer Dominic Solanke also had a good opportunity.

Bournemouth’s best chance fell to substitute Unal as his header skidding off the turf and inches wide of the post.

Bournemouth are without a win in their last seven league matches and are eight points above the relegation zone in 14th place in the table.

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